With Avengers: Infinity War doing massively well at the box office, it may well be that the majority of fans have already seen the epic culmination of the MCU thus far.
However, if you have not yet had the opportunity, then this article may not be for you unless you don’t care about Spoilers.
***SPOILERS ahead for Avengers: Infinity War***
It would be fair to say that the surprise cameo of Red Skull as the guardian of the Soul Stone caught many fans off guard. It certainly satisfied the itch I always had about the fate of this character after his vanishing act at the end of Captain America: The First Avenger.
Many fans would have been concentrating on his voice to try and work out if it was, in fact, Hugo Weaving reprising his role from the early days of Phase 1 in the MCU.
However, the role was indeed recast and it fell on Walking Dead actor Ross Marquand to fill those big boots. In many fans eyes, Marquand did so admirably and his unexpected cameo was one of the highlights of a movie jam-packed with surprises.
Marquand recently spoke to EW to talk more about his experience of the film and whether there was any chance of him playing the role of Red Skull again?
“The biggest thing that Marvel wanted to do was come as close to the iconic role that Hugo Weaving portrayed seven years ago and pay homage to it while also giving it a new flavor. Once Red Skull touched the Tesseract, he goes into this intergalactic astral plane for 70 years. And as the Russo brothers pointed out to me — because I was trying to do a straight voice match to Hugo’s performance — they said, “You know, he’s been by himself essentially in this intergalactic prison of his own making for 70 years. He’s going to sound a little different. We want him to have this kind of ethereal almost ghost-like quality to his voice, so please try that.” I think the reference they might have given is Yoda-esque. His ambition has brought him this great pain, but also this great wisdom, and I think that’s what I tried to imbue that performance with.
I just loved playing this part because I genuinely used to draw Red Skull, Omega Red and all these other villains as a kid, and it was just such a geeky pleasure to play this part. I just absolutely love it.”
On whether he would show up again in an Avengers film as Red Skull, Marquand had this to say.
“I don’t know. I can’t speak to that, and I think that I would obviously love to play that role again anytime. It’s such a rich character, especially now that he’s gone to this intergalactic hellscape and he’s found his own prison there — not to quote Creed. That was a Creed song, right?
But he’s a changed man, and I don’t even know if he is a man anymore. He’s almost like this ghostlike deity, and he’s at the service of the Soul Stone now, and his sole purpose is to essentially guide people to this, but you have to wonder: Is there still a part of him that does have ambition? I don’t know. It would be really cool to see where that character goes. But that’s really a question for all the folks at Marvel and the Russo brothers and the writers. I certainly couldn’t speak to that.”
Well, I for one would love to see Red Skull again, maybe even in Avengers 4, but if not, anywhere!
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